Wednesday, 8 October 2014

NIGERIAN ACADEMIC AUTHORS MAKE LEARNING DIFFICULT


Academy in Nigeria is quite complex. Authors in particular makes it very difficult to learn. They cant explain new concepts  on easy to understand terms. They often assume that the reader has some knowledge about the subject matter.  Based on this they use complex or rather strange terms which at best end up confusing instead of convincing the reader.

Sometime ago, I was preparing for an external examination, that is, Petroleum Training Institute(PTI). Having gone through their past questions I discovered I needed to learn some further mathematics. I grabbed a textbook from the bookshop, paid for it and left excitedly. When I got home, I did not hesitate to start studying it. The topic I started with was calculus. For a long time it has been my desire to know this topic. I was happy to hold a book containing it.

 However, discouragement started to creep in. For the first twenty minutes I was totally confused, unable to understand any of the terms in the book. The more I tried, the more complex it seems to be. Another day, I also made attempt to comprehend it but got the same result. That was how I dropped the good-for-nothing textbook. 

On the other hand, when a friend gave me a foreign textbook( Engineering Mathematics), I was simply amazed about the simplicity of the textbook. It made learning fun. I totally enjoyed it. Wow! What a huge difference with our own local books.

QUESTION FOR READERS
What advice do you have for Nigerian authors?

WHY SOME TEACHERS ARE NOT HAPPY




Teachers are blessings to the society. Every individual in all walks of life owe their success to teachers who lay the foundation for them. Painfully, while others celebrate their success, teachers are having a hard time making both ends meet. A lot of them do not feel the joy and fulfillment associated with their calling. Most of them are plagued with austerity  and living from hand to mouth. This situation drain away the feeling of satisfaction and sense of achievement.

Many teachers are only the on the job simply because there are no other job option open to them. To worsen the matter, school owners or proprietors have cashed in on the situation. They employ graduate teachers and give them a token at the end of the month. They labour and toil for the school for almost seven hours everyday. When they get home, they feel utterly weak and exhausted owing to the days work. For this reason, they do not joyfully look forward to the next working day.

Some school proprietors do not pay their salary on time. As a result, affected teachers barely survives each day, and often gets into debt. Teachers who face this situation hardly give their best. Hence, they teach merely out of duty. Should you expect them to make sacrifices when they are least appreciated? Off course not.

QUESTION FOR READERS
1.       What factors contribute to teachers happiness and fulfillment?
2.       What should school owners do to change the situation?